As I grew up with Disney movies, it was hard to believe that they weren’t always a hit. When Fantasia originally came out in 1940, it was considered controversial. According to Tim Dirks in his review, the original version failed in the box office partially because it required an expensive sound system. Also, Dirks mentions that the movie had a two million dollar budget–an incredibly high budget for that time. However, the most surprising thing is that the movie did manage to find it’s success during the 1960’s because it was a favorite hallucinatory experience, which is much different than any experience I’ve ever had with a Disney movie. According to Dirks, the movie was meant to promote classical music, while exploring themes like light vs. darkness and chaos vs. order, dancing animals, classical mythology, and legend. All of these ideas are expressed using different forms of nature or animals, like the storm surrounding Mickey Mouse. As a child, the vivid images paired with the excitement of the songs seemed enough to hold my attention. But as the motivations and themes behind the movie are revealed, it’s interesting to read how each segment plays a role.
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